Mollie Rodie: Carnival queen 

When:
1 Aug 2013 – 27 Jul 2014
Where:
Ilott Room, Level 4
Cost:
Free entry
Type:
Arts 

Costume design for Victory Queen Carnival, 'Airforce' 1941, Rodie, Mollie (1919– ), Wellington. Gift of Marion F. Mackenzie (née Rodie), 2009. © Te Papa.
Costume design for Victory Queen Carnival, 'Airforce' 1941, Rodie, Mollie (1919– ), Wellington. Gift of Marion F. Mackenzie (née Rodie), 2009. © Te Papa.

During World War II, New Zealand designer and journalist Mollie Rodie found a new use for her fashion credentials. Her Carnival Queen costume designs brought a touch of Hollywood-style glamour to fundraising pageants and helped rally spirits on the home front.

This exhibition showcases a selection of Rodie's watercolour sketches, alongside an album of photographs that reveal how local women brought them to life.

Read more about Mollie Rodie and her costume designs